Simple and Pleasing Shibori Ori-Nui Patterns for You to Make

Let’s look at some simple shibori ori-nui patterns for you to make. I just love this simplest of shibori stitches and what can be achieved. The two designs I am showing today are inspired by the natural world as is so much of my work. I will show how this simplest of shibori stitches can give stunning results.

Ori nui is a very easy stitch, you just fold the fabric along the line you have drawn and stitch a small running stitch through two layers of fabric 3mm or 1/8th inch away from the fold. Easy peasy. These patterns are just a variation on this with just an additional line or two added.

Do visit my blog with general hints about shibori. Also look at my video, here.

Two Grass Inspired Shibori Ori-Nui Patterns

In both pieces I am using cotton fabric 9 ½” x 9 ½” or 24 x 24 cms.

1. Ori-nui Wavy Grasses

You can trace the lines so it is exactly like mine or perhaps vary the pattern a little to make it yours. Draw the design with a washable fabric marker. There are two types of line, the wavy grass and the grass blade which is wider. Fold each row along the line of the marker.

drawing for shibori wavy grasses

For the curvy grass lines, shape and press with the fingers along the fold before sewing. Stitch one row of stitching 3mm or 1/8th inch away from the fold.

For the grass blades this requires two lines of stitching. One line from the wide base of the grass blade to the tip then another line inside of this following the fold of the fabric closely, stopping just short of the tip.

stitching for shibori wavy grasses
Here is the stitching all complete before gathering it up to create the resist
Complete and dyed ori nui grass
The finished, dyed ori-nui grasses

2. Ori-nui Grass Spears

This is a variation on the previous design. With your fabric marker draw a few lines freehand or with a ruler. Then add a curved spear shape at the top of each of your lines. Each row to be folded along the marker line and stitched from the base to the very top of the spear 3mm or 1/8th inch away from the fold.

shibori grass spears drawing

A second line of stitching is added, through both layers of fabric following the curved top shape. When you start your stitching be sure not to catch the first line of stitching with your needle.

Remember to use the little tag tied in the cotton at the beginning of each of your rows.

Stitched shibori grass spears design
Completed stitching before gathering it up to create the resist
dyed and complete shibori grass spears
Finished grasses design after dyeing

This is the lovely pattern you can achieve. Lots of variations can be made using this simple technique. Different lengths of stem, different shapes.

Here are some ideas from Pinterest that I have on my Natural Inspiration board


Remember, all stitching needs to be gathered up before you dye it. Soak the fabric in water for a few hours before doing the dyeing. These pieces I dyed with Rit dyes, a very easy dye to use.

If these design ideas interest you and you would like to explore ori-nui further perhaps you would like to join my online course “Create a Collection of Flowers in Shibori Stitch Resist” Here is a beautiful cushion that you can create by following the course.

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